OECD Territorial Reviews

1990-0759 (online)
1990-0767 (print)
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This series offers analysis and policy guidance to national and subnational governments seeking to strengthen territorial development policies and governance. These reviews are part of a larger body of OECD work on regional development that addresses the territorial dimension of a range of policy challenges, including governance, innovation, urban development and rural policy. This work includes both thematic reports and reports on specific countries or regions.

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OECD Territorial Reviews: Tzoumerka, Greece 2002

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21 Feb 2002
9789264195967 (PDF) ;9789264196773(print)

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OECD's territorial review of the Tzoumerka region of Greece. The Tzoumerka is a mountainous area in Northwestern Greece that presents considerable development challenges with respect to economic growth, social cohesion and governance. The area is highly dependent on traditional agricultural activities that are only made viable by considerable Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support.

Unfortunately, this support will almost inevitably decline. As incentives to modernise agricultural activities and promote other business activity have been ineffective, local development policy will need to go farther. It must direct the local population away from old survival habits to investing in capabilities required of new economic projects. The policy instruments that are likely to be most effective in creating a new mindset will consist in identifying and incubating a small number of successful initiatives with strong demonstration effects.

Strategies identified include processing raw agricultural products into premium foodstuffs, to appeal to contemporary demand trends, and harnessing the valuable tourism resources of the area in order to attract visitors who increasingly seek out authenticity in their tourism experiences.

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Table of Contents

Assessment and Summary of Policy Recommendations
Part I. General Issues
Chapter 1. Rural and Mountain Regions in OECD Countries
Chapter 2. Regional Audit
Part II. Territorial Governance and Territorial Policies
Chapter 3. Territorial Governance
Chapter 4. Territorial Policies
Part III. Key Elements of a Development Strategy for Tzoumerka
Chapter 5. Development Strategy in Tzoumerka: Possibility, Prospect, and Sustainability
Chapter 6. The Information Society
Chapter 7. The Role of the Public Sector, Transport and Public Services Infrastructure in the Tzoumerka
Chapter 8. Development of the Existing Potential within Economic Sectors
Chapter 9. Environmental Sustainability and Long-Term Development
Chapter 10. The Animation and Management of a Regeneration Programme
Annex: List of Statistical Sources

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